Michael Conforto drove in three runs and Jeff McNeil finished with four hits for the third time as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-6, in their final road game of the season on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Conforto's bases-loaded triple capped a four-run fourth that put the Mets ahead one inning after they failed to score despite having the bags juiced and nobody out. Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly -- his fifth RBI in three games -- put New York on top on the first. Washington rallied for three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead off an ineffective Steven Matz. McNeil's RBI single cut the lead to 3-2 and Conforto followed with his first triple of the season to give New York a 5-3 edge.
2) Amed Rosario singled twice, scored two runs and collected an RBI while stealing his 22nd base. Kevin Plawecki doubled, singled and drove in two runs and Brandon Nimmo walked three times for the Mets, who had 14 hits and nine base-on-balls but went just 4-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
3) Matz allowed three runs -- all in the third inning -- on five hits and three walks while fanning four in three frames. He surrendered a solo homer to Victor Robles, an RBI double to Bryce Harper and forced in a run with a walk to Spencer Kieboom. Matz went 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in six starts against the Nationals this season. He has one victory in his last 13 starts and five straight no-decisions.
4) Drew Gagnon (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his second career victory. Drew Smith pitched a scoreless seventh but was tagged for three runs on three hits without recording an out in the eighth. Anthony Swarzak pitched struck out two over 1 2/3 shutout frames to record his fourth save.
News and notes...
New York ended the road portion of its schedule at 40-41 after a 5-5 trip. The Mets went 11-8 against the Nationals this season to win the season series for the first time since 2015 and for the second time in the last nine years.
The Mets improved to 29-20 (.592) in their last 49 games and are 10-3-2 in their last 15 series.
Conforto's three RBIs pushed his second-half total to 50 and extended his career-high total to 80 for the season. His 27 RBIs and 15 extra-base hits this month lead the Majors and his eight homers are tied for the most in baseball. Conforto has driven in two or more runs nine times in 37 games since Aug. 16.
McNeil has collected three or more hits eight times in his first 57 games a Major Leaguer. He's batting .370 (30-for-81) with eight extra-base hits, 15 runs scored and nine RBIs in 20 games this month. His 30 hits in September are tied for the highest total in the Majors with the Tigers Nicholas Castellanos.
Rosario is hitting .300 (61-for-203) with 10 doubles, two triples, five homers, 37 runs scored and 23 RBIs in 48 games since Aug. 1.
Nimmo has walked 22 times in as many games this month which is second in the Majors behind Harper (30).
The Mets (73-83) return home for their final six games of the season beginning with the N.L. East Division champion Braves (88-68) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA/2.87 FIP, 144 K's, 1.270 WHIP) opens the series after allowing three runs over four innings against the Phillies Wednesday in his first loss since Aug. 17. It was the seventh time in 10 starts he allowed three or more runs in a game. Syndergaard is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in six career matchups with the Braves, including an 0-1, 4.50 ledger in two outings this season.
Touki Toussaint (2-1, 4.30 ERA/4.07 FIP, 23 K's, 1.348 WHIP) takes the mound for Atlanta looking to win his second straight start. The 22-year-old allowed two runs and struck out a career-high eight over 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Toussaint has never faced the Mets.